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Keith Hampshire on OK Blue Jays

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Jays Will Rock You - The MuchMusic No-Stars

I've been sharing retro Blue Jays songs on this blog for over a decade. I loved those old cheesy Jays songs from the late 80s and early 90s.

This afternoon, the 2016 season begins for our Toronto Blue Jays. Before you settle in for first pitch, psych yourself up with "Jays Will Rock You" by The MuchMusic No-Stars.

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The Wham Bam Blue Jay Gang - Homer Bunt

I've been sharing retro Blue Jays songs on this blog for over a decade. I loved those old cheesy Jays songs from the late 80s and early 90s.

The Jays got back into their series with the Royals yesterday and hope to tie things up this afternoon. While things are still cookin', I thought I'd share the last unshared track I have from 1990's The Blue Jays Album "New And Improved".

If you know who Homer Bunt is, please let me know in the comments.

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Toronto Mike on Humble and Fred Talking Retro Blue Jays Songs

I appeared on Humble and Fred's show this morning, talking Blue Jays fever and spinning a few retro Jays songs. It was great fun chatting with the guys about the three songs they put together in the early 90s.

Here's my segment. You can hear the entire episode of Humble and Fred here or on SiriusXM channel 168.

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Blue Jays Are Number One - Erin Davis & The Generations

I've been sharing retro Blue Jays songs on this blog for over a decade. I loved those old cheesy Jays songs from the late 80s and early 90s.

I've already shared Erin Davis's "Blue Jays B. Goode" and "I'm a Jays Fan", so this completes her trifecta. I talked to Erin about all of her Blue Jays songs from the early 90s in episode 84 of my podcast.

This little ditty is based on "California Sun", a hit for The Rivieras in 1964. "I said we're out there and having fun, and our Blue Jays are number one!"

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Jay-Ohs! - Hoodat Singer

I've been sharing retro Blue Jays songs on this blog for over a decade. I loved those old cheesy Jays songs from the late 80s and early 90s.

Hoodat Singer, who I believe to be Geets Romo from the old Pete and Geets radio show Dave Platel, Associate Manager of Celine Dion, has appeared before on these old compilations. Here he is singing Rhythm & Blue Jays, my least favourite of the old retro Jays tunes.

This one isn't a whole lot better, but we're down to the nitty gritty now. With apologies to Harry Belafonte, here's Hoodat Singer with Jays-Ohs!, released in '91.

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OK Blue Jays (Let's Play Ball!) Deconstructed

Our Blue Jays are two games up on the New York Yankees in the AL East. I'm absolutely loving this team that seems capable of putting up double-digits at will. It's been a long, long time since we've had an honest-to-goodness pennant race in this city, and I'm enjoying every second of it.

As the Jays' fortunes improved, I've seen the traffic to my OK Blue Jays (Let's Play Ball) entry increase. It ranks well in Google, and people have Blue Jays fever and are chock full of nostalgia. Click that link if you want to hear the song right now!

For fun, I thought I'd deconstruct the lyrics. Some of you kids probably don't have a clue who Dave and Billy are, so I'm here to fill in the blanks.


You've got a diamond
You've got nine men
You've got a hat and a bat
And that's not all

This song was written by Jack Lenz and Tony Kosinec, with help from Alan Smith and Pat Arbour, and they kindly open by explaining the fundamentals of baseball to the uneducated. There is indeed a diamond, and you do indeed field nine men. Players wear hats and hit with bats. All true!


You've got the bleachers
Got 'em from spring 'til fall
You got a dog and a drink
And the umpire's call
Waddaya want?
Let's play ball!

The dome doesn't really have bleachers, but Exhibition Stadium sure did. It was a football field that was modified for baseball. Lots and lots of bleachers, and the Blue Jays used them from spring 'til fall.


Is that a fly ball
Or is it a seagull
Coming in from the lake
Just to catch the game?

Exhibition Stadium was located where you'll find BMO Field today. It's by Lake Ontario, and that meant plenty of seagulls on the field. The dome doesn't have a seagull problem, but Exhibition Stadium sure did. Just ask Dave Winfield.


It's the last inning
Our guys are winning
Dave's put down a smoker
A strike
And you've got no doubt
(You're out!)
Waddaya want?
Let's play ball!

Here we learn about Dave who throws strikes. This is Dave Stieb, our early-to-mid 80s ace who ended the decade with the second most wins in the majors. Dave Stieb was the greatest Blue Jays starter ever, until I gave the crown to Roy Halladay. He also has the only no-hitter in franchise history.


Okay (okay)
Blue Jays (Blue Jays)
Let's (Let's) Play (Play) Ball!

Keith Hampshire is the voice behind this anthem, and he nails this chorus. When I hear it today, I break into the seventh inning stretch calisthenics.


It's a beautiful evenin', fans
At the ballpark
When the game starts
Warm summer breezes
Sun's goin' down
And it's all dark
At the ballpark
But that's okay…it's a night game

I think this is my very favourite verse. There something beautifully innocent about momentary concern when it becomes dark, only to blissfully come to the realization that it's a night game. All is well at Exhibition Stadium.


Okay (okay)
Blue Jays (Blue Jays)
Let's (Let's) Play (Play) Ball!

Keith Hampshire had a #1 hit in 1973 with his cover of "The First Cut Is The Deepest". "OK Blue Jays" peaked at #47.


Okay (okay)
Blue Jays (Blue Jays)
Let's (Let's) Play (Play) Ball!

The Blue Jays song was conceptualized by Alan Smith, Creative Director at JWT Direct. He wrote most of the lyrics together with copywriter Pat Arbour, although the first verse was written entirely by recording artist Tony Kosinec of the Lenz/Kosinec jingle house, which was hired to write the music and produce the song under Smith and Arbour's direction.


Bring on the White Sox
Bring on the BoSox
Bring on the Brewers
The Rangers and the Yankees too

Here we run down a laundry list of American League foes. Before you scream at me for including the Brewers, remember this song was recorded in 1983 and the Brewers were in the American League until 1998.


We'll beat the Indians
We'll beat the Tigers
We'll beat the A's so bad it'll make
Billy blue
Waddaya want?
Let's play ball!

The Billy that's blue because we beat his A's is Billy Martin who had a brief stint with the Athletics between New York Yankee firings. He was fired as Yankees manager five different times.


Okay (okay)
Blue Jays (Blue Jays)
Let's (Let's) Play (Play) Ball!

The song is officially credited to Keith Hampshire and "The Bat Boys". The Bat Boys were Barry Keane, Mike Francis, Roly Platt, David Sawyer, Denis Le Page, Jack Lenz, Ralph Fraser, Tony Kosinec and Laurie Bower.


Okay (okay)
Blue Jays (Blue Jays)
Let's (Let's) Play (Play) Ball!

You're forgiven if you thought Keith Hampshire was Canadian. He had his greatest success here, but he's actually British. Pity that...

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Whole Lotta Jays Are Comin' Home

I've been sharing retro Blue Jays songs on this blog for over a decade. I loved those old cheesy Jays songs from the late 80s and early 90s.

Suddenly, traffic to these entries are spiking. I wonder why? For the first time since '93, Blue Jays fever is sky high. Winning 10 of 11 and moving to only 2.5 games back of the Yankees in the AL East will do that.

Since we're all Jays crazy, I'll start sharing more retro Jays songs, starting with this number from Homer Bunt. This is "Whole Lotta Jays Are Comin' Home".

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Rhythm & Blue Jays - Hoodat Singer

I've been sharing retro Blue Jays songs on this blog for over a decade. I loved those old cheesy Jays songs from the late 80s and early 90s.

With the Jays set to start their 2015 season in just over an hour, I thought I'd share an old Jays song I've never shared before. The reason I've never shared "Rhythm & Blue Jays" by Hoodat Singer is because it's pretty awful. It might just be the worst Blue Jays song in my entire collection.

Here it is, if you dare listen.

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Terry Cashman's "Talkin' Baseball (10 Years with the Jays)"

Terry Cashman's Last night, I watched the Baltimore Orioles clinch the AL East division with a win against my Blue Jays. That got me thinking back to better days when we clinched the division. Specifically, '85, '89, '91, '92 and '93.

In 1986, the Blue Jays celebrated their tenth anniversary. To commemorate the event, Terry Cashman of "Talkin' Baseball (Willie, Mickey & The Duke)" fame made a Blue Jays version of the song. It's fun to hear the old names again.

As awesome as this is, Terry Cashman would outdo himself again with "Talkin' Softball", his song for Homer at the Bat in season three.

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